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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A 15-hour work week sounds great, but we'd still want more

    Posted Sep 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Our failure to spend more time in leisure is a result of our desire for material wealth with an emphasis on output growth for its own sake A 15-hour work week sounds great, ... Graeber, who set out to solve a puzzle. In 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that by the early 21st century, advances in technology would require us to work for no more than 15 hours ...

  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    A Singapore-style system just wouldn't work in Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 17th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The city state's managed currency float has worked for it in the past, but its performance since the financial crisis has not been spectacular A Singapore-style system just wouldn't work in Hong Kong I was a bit disappointed," writes a dissatisfied reader in response to Tuesday's Monitor column, which aimed to debunk the notion that Hong Kong ...

  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Shareholders must have right to hold managers to account

    Posted Oct 28th 2013, 04:32am by Tom Holland

    ... to hold managers to account A dozen years ago, when your columnist was working at the Wall Street Journal, our well-intentioned boss decided that his editorial staff needed to brush up ... investment bankers and management consultants, work for the people who pay them. And it's company managers who sign their cheques, not ordinary shareholders. It's worth remembering ...

  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Ask yourself this morning: Is my job a load of billshut?

    Posted Sep 17th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The conspiracy view that the ruling class devised pointless work for the masses may be off the mark, but so is Keynes' forecast of 15-hour week Ask yourself this morning: ... predicted that by the end of the 20th century advances in technology would allow us all to work for just 15 hours a week. Why, wondered the LSE professor, has this prediction so signally failed ...

  5. Business - Property - MONITOR

    Contradictory figures fuelling China property bubble debate

    Posted Sep 25th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... towns that a year or two ago were condemned as ghost cities are thriving communities today. It should be easy enough to work out which view is nearer the mark. The answer hinges on how much new ... square metres- generous by Hong Kong standards- then we can conclude that since 1995, there has been demand for 12 billion square metres of new housing. If China has built much less than that, ...

  6. HSBC needs US arm despite loan losses

    Posted Mar 04th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland It won't be of much comfort to HSBC Holdings' chairman Stephen Green, but in one sense his bank's strategy of diversification is working as intended. Even though ... diversification is supposed to work. You spread your activities across a broad range of countries and businesses. Then, when one area turns down, growth in the others will compensate for any losses, ...

  7. Two new ways Asia can help solve the world's problems

    Posted Oct 30th 2009, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... ballooned since the crisis of the 1990s. Thanks to energy and land subsidies, cheap credit, low wage costs and lax environmental standards, Asian companies have made bumper profits in recent years. ... The answer, according to the IMF, is to strengthen corporate financing options, so companies no longer need to hang on to earnings, while beefing up corporate governance standards to ensure a better ...

  8. Feel HK's pain with the Monitor Misery Index

    Posted Nov 17th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... a useful yardstick for developed economies, it doesn't work very well for Hong Kong. As the first of the two charts below shows, the standard misery index for Hong Kong remained stubbornly ... than the standard index. The MMI was relatively high during the inflationary years of the early 1990s, fell in the run-up to the handover, only to soar again in the Asian financial crisis. ...

  9. HK's deposit protection woefully inadequate

    Posted Oct 08th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... standards and should be raised immediately. As the global financial crisis deepens and banks around the world topple like ninepins, governments in different countries are racing to increase ... below illustrate, this is a piddling sum by international standards, whether measured in absolute amounts or relative to local income per head. The grandees who run the Deposit Protection Board ...

  10. Short selling right for US and UK, wrong for China

    Posted Sep 29th 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... portfolio managers to eliminate overall market risk. For example, one popular trade recently has been to go short HSBC stock, offsetting the trade with a long position in Standard Chartered shares. ... to borrowers in the US and Britain, while Standard Chartered will outperform because of its concentration on relatively healthy Asian markets. As a result, banning short sales can actually increase ...




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